Jennifer Beard

Assistant Professor, International Health

Boston University, MPH
University of New Hampshire, PhD
Ohio University, MA

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT381
  • Phone: 617-638-4611
  • Email: jenbeard@bu.edu

Biography

Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Global Health and Development and the Department of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health where she directs the writing program and teaches courses in professional and scientific writing and qualitative research. Her research interests include the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and highly vulnerable adults such as sex workers, drug users, and other key populations at risk for HIV.  She is also a founding member of the BU Program on Crisis Response and Reporting, which analyzes the similarities and tensions between global health research and journalism. Her other work includes human resource capacity strengthening and program evaluation. She has co-authored academic articles in peer reviewed journals, on a wide variety of topics including the health and wellbeing of OVC , the impact of OVC programming, the vulnerabilities faced by children of sex workers and drug users, and more.  Dr. Beard is the principal investigator for a multi-study operations research project looking at the HIV prevention and other needs of key populations in Ghana. She has also worked in India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Zambia. Though her research is now focused on global health, she remains a devoted reader of Victorian novels and is convinced that her current research interests have their roots in her passion for Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.

Projects

Publications

Strengthening capacity for AIDS vaccine research: analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Taryn Vian, Sayaka Koseki, Frank G Feeley, Jennifer Beard

BMC Health Services Research. 2013 Oct; 13(378):1-12.

Attitudes and behaviors among older MSM in Ghana

Lora Sabin, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Paul Ashigbie, Danielle Hollenbeck‐Pringle, Mary Bachman DeSilva, Kimberly Green, Sam Wambugu, Yussif Ahmed Abdul Rahman, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, and Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Sep.

Exploring the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of MSM engaged in substance use and transactional sex in Ghana

Jennifer Beard, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Ivan Busulwa, Abanish Rizal, Mohammed Brooks, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Mar.

“Using what you have to get what you want”: Vulnerability to HIV and Prevention Needs of Female Post‐Secondary Students Engaged in Transactional Sex in Kumasi, Ghana

Monita Baba‐Djara, Alana Brennan, Caitlin Corneliess, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Jan.

“It’s All About Making a Life”: Young Female Sex Workers Vulnerability to HIV and Prevention Needs in Kumasi, Ghana

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Joy Sylvester, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2012 Aug.

PEPFAR’s Support For Orphans And Vulnerable Children: Some Beneficial Effects, But Too Little Data, And Programs Spread Thin

Malcolm Bryant1, Jennifer Beard, Lora Sabin, Mohamad I. Brooks, Nancy Scott, Bruce A. Larson, Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller & Jonathon Simon

Health Affairs. 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-1518.

“It’s All About Making a Life”: Young Female Sex Workers Vulnerability to HIV and Prevention Needs in Kumasi, Ghana A Qualitative Study

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Joy Sylvester, Thomas Agyarko-­‐Poku, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-­‐Sarkodie, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID; 2012 Jul.

Early impacts of orphaning: Health, nutrition, and food insecurity in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa

Mary Bachman DeSilva, Anne Skalicky, Jennifer Beard, Mandisa Cakwe, Tom Zhuwau, Tim Quinlan and Jonathon Simon

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012 Mar; 7(1):75-87.

Children of Female Sex Workers and Drug Users: A Review of Vulnerability, Resilience and Family-Centred Models of Care

Beard J., Biemba G., Brooks M. I., Costello J., Ommerborn M., Bresnahan M., Flynn D., Simon J. L.

J Int AIDS Soc. 2010 Jun; 13 Suppl 2:S6.

Acute Respiratory Infection Boston University’s Collaborative Research Work in the Last Decade

Rizal A., Beard J., Patwari A.

Indian Pediatr. 2010 Feb; 47(1):19-24.

HIV/AIDS Related Sexual Risk Behaviors In Rural-To-Urban Migrants In China: A Study in Adult Men of Different Ages.

Yang T., Wang W., Beard J., Abdullah A. S., Cao C., Shen M.

Social Behavior and Personality Journal. 2009 Mar; 37(3):419-32.

Social Epidemiology

Miller C., Waning B., Beard J., Knapp A.

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care. Rickles N.. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2009.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Short Report

Sabin L., Hamer D., Vian T., DeSilva M. B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Beard J.

Hanoi, Vietnam: PEPFAR; 2009.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Le Thi Thanh L., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D. A., DeSilva M. B.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: USAID; 2009.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings, 2008

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Loan L. T. T., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D., DeSilva M.B.

Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: PEPFAR Vietnam; 2009.

Vulnerability of Orphan Caregivers vs. Non-Orphan Caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal

DeSilva M. B., Beard J., Cakwe M., McCoy K., Nkosi B., Parikh A., Quinlan T., Skalicky A., Tshabangu-Soko S., Zhuwau T., Simon J.

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care. 2008 Aug; 3(2):102 - 111.

Improving Connecticut’s Community Health Data

Finison L.J., Friedman D.J., Beard J.

New Britain, CT.: Connecticut Health Foundation; 2008.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Final Report

Sabin L., Hamer D. H., Vian T., DeSilva M.B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Loan L. T. T., Hammett T.

Boston, MA: BUSPH, Center for International Health and Development; 2008.

Entries on Public Health, Lyme Disease, Betty Davis, and EB White

Beard J.

New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press.; 2005.

HIV/AIDS Curriculum and Support Services in the Amajuba Public School System

Beard J.

Amajuba Child Health and Well-being Research Project. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for International Health and Development; 2005.